From left to right: Julian Coakley, Student Government President and FMU Trustee Member, Kareem Coney, FMU Trustee Member, Nathan Kurland, Miami Bayside Foundation Education Committee Chair, Louis McMillian, Miami Bayside Foundation Trustee Member, Michael B. Smith, FMU Trustee Member, Nicole Ewan, Miami Bayside Foundation Trustee Member, Pamela Weller, Miami Bayside Foundation Vice Chair, Bill Diggs, Miami Bayside Foundation Trustee Member, Adriene B. Wright, FMU Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Fred Jackson, FMU Trustee Member, Dr. Henry Lewis III, FMU President and Charles George, FMU Board of Trustees Chairman.
The Miami Bayside Foundation announced a gift of $200,000 to Florida Memorial University to support access to higher education for City of Miami residents. A portion of the funds, $10,000, will be immediately used for student scholarships during the upcoming 2012-2013 year, while the remaining will support the establishment of an endowment for students interested in business and entrepreneurship from the City of Miami.
Founded in 1988, the Miami Bayside Foundation seeks to stimulate economic development in the City of Miami and provide educational opportunities. As part of this mission, today’s donation will provide talented students within the city the resources needed to pursue their academic and professional goals at Florida Memorial University.
“We are grateful to have this opportunity to partner with the Miami Bayside Foundation to give minority students from the City of Miami greater access to a high-quality education at Florida Memorial University,” said Adriene B. Wright, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “At Florida Memorial, we take pride in producing the highest return on investment for our supporters and the highest quality education for our students.”
As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Florida Memorial is also the third oldest institution of higher learning in the state. Nearly 90 percent of all undergraduate students at FMU are minority students, while the campus also serves many commuting City of Miami residents.
“It is with great honor that the Miami Bayside Foundation announces today its partnership with one of our area’s leading institutions,” said Nathan Kurland, chairman of the Foundation’s education committee. “With such a culturally diverse student body, Florida Memorial University embodies and reflects our organization’s mission by continuing to advance our community. We are proud to assist in offering educational opportunities to thousands of students through a scholarship program.”